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Proof that I used to be a good runner

Yesterday I noticed that our Christmas decorations did not include a manger scene. So with nothing much else to do, Suzanne (my wife) and I dug into the backroom closets in search of Jesus Mary & Joseph. We did not find the Holy Family. But we did find an old issue of Running Times, circa 1986, with an account of that year’s Barathon. I did quite well that year, coming in second at 35:19 despite some problems with navigation.


Isaiah 9:1–6

The people who walked in darkness
have seen a great light;
upon those who dwelt in the land of gloom
a light has shone.

You have brought them abundant joy
and great rejoicing,
as they rejoice before you as at the harvest,
as men make merry when dividing spoils.

For the yoke that burdened them,
the pole on their shoulder,
and the rod of their taskmaster
you have smashed, as on the day of Midian.

For every boot that tramped in battle,
every cloak rolled in blood,
will be burned as fuel for flames.

For a child is born to us,
a son is given us;
upon his shoulder dominion rests.

They name him Wonder-Counselor,
God-Hero,
Father-Forever,
Prince of Peace.

His dominion is vast and forever peaceful,
from David’s throne, and over his kingdom,
which he confirms and sustains
by judgment and justice,
both now and forever.

The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.


Joy to the world; the Lord has gum.

Snopes has a delightful collection of Christmas mondegreens. A mondegreen is a mishearing of song lyrics, like Jimi Hendrix’s “Excuse me, while I kiss this guy.” My favorites (besides the title of this post) include these:

  • “Jeff’s nuts roasting on an open fire ...” (That’s got to hurt.)
  • “Good King Wences’ car backed out / On the feet of heathens.”
  • “Oh what fun it is to ride / With one horse, soap, and sleigh.” (For years during my childhood, I thought these were the actual lyrics.)